MullyMan: Repping the DMV In The Fast Lane

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland is an ambitious emcee by the name of Mullyman. Striving to be a hope for those settling on broken dreams alongside the mean streets of violence and poverty, this DMV rhymer is a true success story. Gaining worldwide recognition through his viral music videos played on MTV, in addition to getting […]

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland is an ambitious emcee by the name of Mullyman. Striving to be a hope for those settling on broken dreams alongside the mean streets of violence and poverty, this DMV rhymer is a true success story. Gaining worldwide recognition through his viral music videos played on MTV, in addition to getting his music air play on popular show The Wire,  he has surpassed struggle and proven that adversity is nothing but another obstacle to be overcome. He’s not yet where he wishes to be, but Mullyman has already created valuable landmarks of his success. Sharing the stage with the legendary KRS-ONE, and being one of such an exiguous amount of independent artists to attain this status of credibility, are a few of the many great things to come from this talented rapper. Music/Video:MullyMan – “Get Ya Life”DJ Gemini Ft. D.M.V. Dream Team [Mullyman, DC Don Juan, Bossman, Gerreddi, Skarr Akbar, Whitefolkz, Smash, and Kingpen Slim] – “Welcome To The D.M.V.” How did you get your music on a series like The WireMullyman: Actually through a guy who approached me about doing a mixtape, his name is Don Juan, and I got on that mixtape which landed in David Simon’s desk. From there it took his interest to work with Baltimore artists on the wire show. At first, they had never had any artists on The Wire but after that mixtape they got us on there and then following that they got The Wire soundtrack, and that’s how I got on there. I had two songs on the soundtrack and had four songs featured on the actual show, season 4 and 5 and that’s what really set up me being on the soundtrack Seeing you have your hometown established, what is your plan to have the rest of the world know your name?Mullyman: Right now MTV is showing a lot of love. My first video on their was the “I Go Harder” joint with Jay-Z on the hook and they were playing that video crazy. As far as presently, this coming week I’ll be up to my fifth video. This video is not my solo song but it’s a solo song called “The DMV Dream Team,” produced by Unbelievable and it features me, three other artists from Baltimore and four artists from D.C. As far as the world, a lot of artists have a hard time figuring out how to get on MTV and it’s the quickest way to me, even quicker than radio as far as the world seeing you because every time that video is played it’s seen all around the world. I’m really playing off of that to keep the world in tune with what I got going on. MullyMan – She Hurtin em from tabi Bonney on How did you get up with Tabi to actually direct one of your videos?Mullyman: Well Tabi is from D.C. and at the time me living in Baltimore, it’s only 30 minutes apart and I had seen he had success with a few of his videos , so we reached out to him to do my first one in hopes that some of the magic he had going on with some of his own videos would work for me as well and it did. Since then, I developed my own rapport with MTV so now whenever I send them something they respond to it. That also made Music Choice On Demand show the same love as well. Going back to the grassroots…what are you earliest memories of loving Hip-Hop?Mullyman: Ah man. I’m a real fan of Hip-Hop, so I’m fans of Big, Jay, Pac and I’m also fans of KRS-ONE, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane. I’m just a fan of Hip-Hop since the beginning, I study it. Hip-Hop as a whole, you name it, I love it and appreciate it. You’re from Baltimore, how would you say that the music culture in that area is embedded in your own music?Mullyman: I think each area has a distinctive slang and mood of things. I incorporate Baltimore slang in there. We have B-More club music, we have a rhythm called the B-More two step which is also featured on there. We’re just a city that’s known for going hard so I incorporate that energy as well into the music, as well as talking about my experiences growing up there. Every place you go to has their signature on what makes them uniquely different. I definitely epitomize the dude from the hood that’s from Baltimore…but not in a negative way. In an optimistic way, coming from the hood and emerging and making something better of a bad situation. How are you able to do that and still stand out among other artists from your area?Mullyman: I’m just a firm believe that the truth is stronger than a lie. A lot of rappers rather bend to be whatever they think people perceive they should be. I believe if you give people the truth in a way that they can receive it and it’s good, they will. If you look at the people that really have longevity it’s people that really are artists; the Lauryn Hill’s the Kanye West’s to the Drake’s, these people give you something that wasn’t supposed to work. Usually that’s true, because we’re in an industry where truth isn’t what people are trying to sell for the most part. The artists that bring truth are the ones who win the award and last. What is your focus point right now? What are you working on and working towards?Mullyman: Right now I have that CD out which is “Harder Than Baltimore,” it’s got 19 tracks on it and it’s produced by DJ Booman and Unbelievable. It features Lady D, Nik Stylz and Sean Paul. My focus is really getting that out to the people and letting everyone know how great the music is. Just gaining more Mullymaniacs. The ultimate goal for this Cd, and I’ve been out here in Atlanta for three weeks now and I just had a great meeting today, is getting it nationally distributed to the world. In your opinion, how crucial do you feel freestyling is in the measure of a rap artists credibility?Mullyman: Ah man, I think it’s very crucial. I believe if you’re going to call yourself something, you should be able to do it within balance. You should be able to write, you should be able to freestyle, you should be able to make great hooks. You put me on the spot, I’ll give it to you and I’ve done it time and time again. I’ve even been fortunate enough to get a chance to freestyle with KRS-ONE live on stage, and killed it. I believe that adds an extra element to what you can do as an artist if you’re able to improvise. Sometimes things get thrown your way and the energy of the room is going a certain way, you can make magic What was it like for you to share the stage with KRS-ONE and be able to go at it?Mullyman: That was humbling, it was unbelievable! It was crazy. It was when Blender Magazine came down here to interview me and after the interview we needed something to do. We were going to a specific show and it got cancelled because my homeboy got arrested so instead we made the choice to go to this particular event. Once we were in there he was on stage, doing his thing and he asked the question before he left the stage, How many emcee’s do we have in the building?; before he could get the word out I had jumped on stage, I already knew where he was going with it. I’m standing beside KRS-ONE, I kid you not, I always walk around with a couple CD’s in my pocket just in case I see somebody, not expecting this to happen that night. While up there, I hand him my CD first. He takes the CD, he has me sign it for him, then he lets me do my thing. The crowd goes crazy, Blender Magazine goes crazy. It was a humbling experience, it was just crazy. Who thinks they’re going to be on stage just rocking the crowd with KRS-ONE? That just doesn’t happen in your day! I’ll never forget that moment, I cherish that moment and it’s one of many of a independent artist just doing his thing. You’ve mentioned before overcoming a lot of adversity, growing up what was one trial that stuck with and would you say defined you as a person and artist? Mullyman: I know the world is familiar with The Wire. It’s based off of true stories twisted up. It’s like the atmosphere where I grew up, a lot of drug activity, poverty, violence, my pops didn’t live with me growing up, and the majority of those people don’t have success stories. Every day I wake up and do what I do, all the stories of the people that had something in them and for whatever reason it didn’t go right, so that it’s not in vain, it’s like I’m fighting for everything that went wrong. To make a right out of everything that went wrong. That’s how I feel every day I wake up. For every homie I lost that died, for every homie that’s locked up, for every kid that feels like he doesn’t have a chance, I want to be that hope for the hood. That’s my drive. At the end of the day, good does prevail and I want to be a walking testimony of that. Prioritizing is essential to anyone in the music industry, no matter what field you’re in; be it artist, journalist, whatever. For you, what are some of the things that YOU make a priority. I’ll say truth first. I fundamentally believe that truth is stronger than a lie, I believe that love is stronger than hate so I would say truth and love. Those are the energies that I operate out of. Those are my priorities. Love is going to consume all at the end of the day, so that is my priority to stay truthful and loving. What’s your next move and what can your fans be looking out for from you?Mullyman: It’s funny because there’s a saying, Tell God your plans and watch him laugh. I could sit here and tell you I’m going to be at the award shows, I’m going to be doing concerts, but I think that if the sky’s the limit, I’m definitely going to ignore the sky but as far as me putting a limit of anything I can do, I can’t even limit that. I want to be the greatest emcee that ever lived, that’s what people should expect from me.Visit Mullyman